Date of birth: 5 Oct 1903 Bloomington, Monrose, Indiana
Date of death: 6 Jan 2001 Beech Grove, Marion, Indiana
Source: Franklin Daily Journal, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, January 2, 2001
Ruth B. Townsend Ruth B. Townsend, 97, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, at St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers in Beech Grove. She was a longtime resident of Franklin. She was born Oct. 5, 1903, in Bloomington. Her parents were Samuel and Bessie (Burton) Beaman. She married Harry W. Townsend on June 11, 1933. He preceded her in death Oct. 25, 1981. Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Lee Townsend of Trafalgar and Stanley G. Townsend of Franklin; five grand- children; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers. She was a 1921 graduate of Monrovia High School and also graduated from Franklin College. She attended graduate- level classes at Ball State Teacher's College in Muncie and at Indiana University in Bloomington. She was a teacher in Franklin schools and taught home economics and physical education at the Indiana Masonic Home until 1933. She was a member of Union Christian Church and also taught Sunday school there. She was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority at Franklin College. She was also a member of Franklin OED 439, Johnson County Homemakers Association and Johnson County Farm Bureau. The Rev. Paul Palusko will conduct a service at 2 p.m. Wednes- day at Union Christian Church. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Vandivier-Tudor Funeral Home in Franklin and from 1 p.m. until time of service Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at First Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Franklin. Memorial contributions may be made to Union Christian Church Memorial Fund, 1267 E. 300S, Franklin IN 46131; or Indiana Masonic Home, 690 S. State St., Franklin, IN 46131.
Submitted by Mark E. Wirey